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on 5 December 2015
Adding the contents of this book that has been produced to an exceptionally high standard to the advanced YORK study notes, and, What Matters in Jane Austen ( John Mullan ), it is possible to get a really detailed background to the great ladies novels. If you can retain all this information there will be little left to absorb about Jane's masterpieces.
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on 26 May 2016
delightful...good for austen fans...recommended
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on 27 October 2016
Didn't mind, but book has a few pages fully marked with pink and green markers. I don't remember having seen that warning before purchase.
Very good book anyway!
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on 24 March 2015
This is exactly what I wanted. It explains the social background of the stories.
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VINE VOICEon 18 January 2005
This is without a doubt one of the best Jane Austen related books. Le Faye starts with a concise biography of Jane Austen, to help readers put her life into some sort of historical context. The second part of the book deals with all sorts of Life & Times issues - carriages, clothing, occupations, architecture, coinage, filigree.... and of course she explains that Gowlands Lotion, so heartily recommended by Sir Walter Elliot in Persuasion, was actually a sort of chemical peel!
The third part of the book looks at each of the novels in turn, and includes the fragments The Watsons and Sandition. Le Faye gives a synopsis of the plot of each novel and along the way picks out things for us that would have needed no explanation to contemporary readers, but may now need some enlargement. For example in the Sense & Sensibility chapter she tells us about the places in London where the characters live or lodge, and what this says about them and their status.
On top of all this, the book is beautifully illustrated with period county maps, contemporary portraits that match Austen's character descriptions and of course illustrations of all the Life & Times elements discussed - filigree work, fashion plates, coinage examples, etc. In a word: Excellent!
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on 16 January 2018
Excellent,brilliant book
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on 26 January 2015
Very detailed
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on 1 February 2017
A very good read
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A must have for fans of Jane Austen's novels. The book is beautiful, pretty well written and rich in illustrations.
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on 5 August 2013
If you like Jane Austen ,you will like this informative and well written history of her times life and period
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